Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestive issues. Scientists have researched its affect on the liver and respiratory system as it improves concentration and mental accuracy. Peppermint is anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, curbs appetite, and more.
Caution: Peppermint is a “hot” oil and can cause temporary discomfort if used topically without diluting or used close to the nose or eyes (trust me I know). Use caution on the face and always dilute on children or use on the feet. If oils get into the eyes, do not use water which will cause the oil to spread. Use a fatty oil such as olive or coconut and put a few drops into the eye. It will bring quick relief. The oils will not damage the eye, but can cause pain, so use caution in the eye area.
- Indigestion/Flatulence/Diarrhea – Rub 4-6 drops of Peppermint in the palm and rub over the stomach and around the navel to relieve discomfort.
- Heartburn – Add a drop of Peppermint to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
- Inflammation (unbroken skin) – Massage several drops of Peppermint on an area of injury or chronic inflammation.
- Bruise – Apply peppermint immediately to an injured area (unbroken skin) to relieve pain and lessen bruising. If there is a cut, apply peppermint around – but no on – the open wound.
- Fever – Rub several drops of Peppermint on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
- Itching – Apply a drop of Peppermint topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
- Poison Ivy & Poison Oak – Apply Peppermint on location “neat” or dilute it with a carrier oil.
- Workout – Inhale Peppermint before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- Nausea – Massage several drops of Peppermint on the abdomen.
- Hiccups – To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (Up three notches from the large vertabra at the base of the neck).
- Headache – To relieve a headache, rub a drop of peppermint on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid the eyes!!), and on the back of the neck.
- Alertness & Concentration – Place 2 drops of Peppermint on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.
- Studying & Mental Recall – Diffuse Peppermint in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint while taking a test to improve recall.
- Travel Sickness – Rub 4 drops of Peppermint on the chest and stomach to relieve motion or travel sickness.
- Congestion – Place a drop of Peppermint on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
- Flavoring & Preservative – Add peppermint to flavor food or use as a preservative.
- Household Pests – To deter rodents, ants, or cockroaches, place 2 drops of Peppermint on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
- Paint Fumes – Mix a 15ml bottle of Peppermint into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
- Coffee Replacement – Place a drop of Peppermint in a cup of hot water for tea and enjoy instead of coffee.
- Summer Cooler – Drink water with a drop of Peppermint added to refresh yourself on a hot day.
- Aphids – Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint to 4 ounces of water and spray plants to kill aphids.
- Arthritis or Tendonitis – Rub Peppermint on joints to relive arthritic or tendon pain.
- Bad Breath – Place a drop of Peppermint on the tongue as a breath freshener.
- Curb Appetite – Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint on the tongue as a breath freshener.
- Ticks – Remove a tick by applying a drop of Peppermint on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to withdraw its head from the skin and remove it with tweezers.
- Sore Feet – Mix peppermint in a foot-bath to relive sore feet. Swish feet around to agitate the water while soaking for maximum benefit.
- Energizing Hand Soap – Mix several drops of Peppermint with 1/4 cup of Castile soap and fill foaming soap dispense with mixture plus water.
Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.